2008 Pierre Mineral Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

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All-Mesnil grand cru bargain!!!! This wine comes from all estate-grown fruit in the grand cru of Mesnil. It is a very clean wine with pure flavors and a complex, subtle nose. The texture is silky and delicate, but the finish is quite powerful. This is a very stylish wine, and a very good deal due to a direct buy from the producer. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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Price: $39.99
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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
When was the last time you saw a 100% Mesnil Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from a great vintage for under $50? I am struggling to remember if I have ever seen one at such a price... And the Champagne is fantastic! This is a precise, laser like wine with incredible chalky minerality and a dry, high toned, super long finish. If you are looking for an oyster Champagne, look no further. Even better, it is built for the long haul, and will reward a few years (or a lot of years!) in your good cellar generously. Trey Beffa and I had our birth year, 1973, at the property, and it had more vitality than I do!
Drink from 2016 to 2038

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
This bargain 2008 has an initial nose of golden, yellow apples, cream and a background of citrus with just the slightest hint of smoke. On the palate, lemon meringue, tart green apples as well as yellow, and a hint of fresh oranges. Rich, bit not overly so. It's soft texture leads to a very long finish of bracing acidity and minerality. Another excellent one in our corral of great 2008's!

Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/27/2016 | Send Email
Brace yourself: this is a lot of Champagne for the money. Leesy on the nose with brioche notes, bright tangerine fruit, and racy acid through the lean, silky palate. Sharp but drinkable now, this will be even better with age, as its steely focus mellows and more of that celebrated 2008 ripeness comes through. Lively Grand Cru Chardonnay for barely forty dollars – such a deal!

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